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An unsent SMS, a message on a tractor, a poem: the courts say a valid will can take many forms

Feb 13, 2020 00:06 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

When a man died by suicide in 2016, a friend found an unsent SMS on his phone: Dave Nic you and Jack keep all that I have house and superannuation, put my ashes in the back garden with Trish Julie will take her stuff...

Did they see it coming? How fortune-telling took hold in Australia - with women as clients and criminals

Feb 04, 2020 13:05 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

In the first decade of the 20th century, Australians were focused on the future. It was the dawn of a new century, and of a newly formed nation. Perhaps this forward outlook was part of why fortune-telling was being...

Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should too

Feb 04, 2020 12:34 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow. E-cigarettes dont contain...

Inside Mexico's war on drugs: Conversations with 'el narco'

Feb 04, 2020 12:28 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

I am from northern Mexico, one of the regions most affected by the global war on drugs. From 2008 to 2012 my hometown which Im not naming here for safety reasons went through one of the most violent times in its...

Why Carlos Ghosn's allegation of an unfair Japanese justice system is unjustified

Feb 04, 2020 12:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

When Carlos Ghosn, the former chief executive of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, fled from Japan to Lebanon in December 2019 protesting his innocence against charges of financial improprieties, he said his escape was prompted...

How we discovered a personality profile linked to war crimes

Feb 04, 2020 12:23 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Former US Private First Class Stephen Green was found guilty of raping and killing a 14-year-old girl and murdering her family in Mahmudiyah, Iraq in 2006. Four years later, US Corporal Jeremy Morlock was convicted of...

Explainer: what is the 'palace letters' case and what will the High Court consider?

Feb 04, 2020 12:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

The dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975 remains as controversial as ever. Its last chapter is to be decided by the High Court, with proceedings about public access to the letters between the governor-general, Sir...

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Economy

UK gilts jump despite encouraging labour market, jobless rate stays at 45-year low

The United Kingdoms jumped during European trading hours Tuesday even as the countrys labour market remained solid and promising, with the unemployment rate remaining at a 45-year low. The yield on the benchmark 10-year...

German bunds surge after February ZEW economic sentiment disappoints investors

The German bunds surged during afternoon session Tuesday after the countrys ZEW economic sentiment for the month of February, released today, disappointed market sentiments, while the index for current conditions worsened...

USD/ZAR likely to settle above 15.00 on a sustainable basis, says Commerzbank

The USD/ZAR currency pair is expected to settle above 15.00 on a sustainable basis, according to the latest research report from Commerzbank. The impression arises that the last hopes in the rand are slowly being dashed...

Australia ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence gains 1.2 pct last week

Australias ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence gained 1.2 percent last week, more than reversing last weeks loss and continuing the recent sawtooth pattern. The gains have been a little more than the losses, so the index...

PBoC to maintain prudent monetary policy but with flexibility to ensure reasonably adequate liquidity, says Scotiabank

The Peoples Bank of China (PBoC) is expected to maintain a prudent monetary policy but with flexibility this year to ensure reasonably adequate liquidity, according to the latest research report from Scotiabank. China...

Politics

Donald Trump reportedly claims losing the 2020 election means rigged votes

President Donald Trump is currently campaigning for reelection this November. Despite constantly denying that the 2016 election results were rigged, he appears to be prepared to make the same accusation come election...

Melania Trump mocked on social media for making a typo error

First Lady Melania Trump has always claimed that she is intelligent, given the number of languages she supposedly speaks. Recently, the First Lady suffered a little mishap on social media that got her mocked by the...

Pastor says Americans are saved from coronavirus because Donald Trump sides with life in the womb

The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc within China and other countries ever since the outbreak a few months back. One religious leader claims that the Americans are saved from the virus because of President Donald...

Melania Trump reportedly does not have many friends and that’s ‘by design’

One might assume that Melania Trump has many friends surrounding her, given her status. However, an East Wing correspondent claimed that the first lady actually has very few of them. Melania Trump: Having a few friends...

Science

Aliens: Scientists plan exploring other Earth-like planets in search of alien life

Space agencies all over the world continue to explore what lies beyond Earth and into the cosmos. Now, a group of scientists claims that alien life forms may exist in other exoplanets similar to that of Earth. Over the...

Asteroids: Rock traveling 48,400 mph heading towards Earth, says NASA

Another asteroid is apparently on its way towards Earth as space agency NASAs asteroid trackers have caught sight of the rock. A new report reveals how fast the asteroid is going, and whether or not it would actually...

Aliens: Extra-terrestrial hunter organization makes their data available to the public

For decades, various organizations and agencies, both public and private, have been on the search for signs of extra-terrestrials or life beyond Earth. One ET hunting organization, in particular, is asking the public for...

The ice melt in Antarctica 129,000 years ago caused a drastic increase in sea levels

Climate change is an issue that many are bringing to light and urging influential figures to make a change in the process, with activists like Greta Thunberg headlining the movement. Looking back at the cause of an extreme...

Technology

‘The Sims 5’ could be announced in 2020 with a 2021 release date

The Sims marks its 20th anniversary this year of dominating the life simulation video game subgenre. Fans are now hoping that developer Maxis and publisher EA would celebrate the milestone by providing updates on The Sims...

Sony Xperia 2 specs and features: Sony’s next flagship rumored to have same back camera package as the Samsung S20

The Sony Xperia 2 release date was rumored to be announced at the now-canceled Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While the event did not push through due to the novel coronavirus, details about Sonys upcoming flagship...

‘League of Legends’ patch 10.4 release date: Some champions will be nerfed while others buffed

The League of Legends patch 10.4 release date will be arriving in a few days. Meanwhile, here are some of the changes that the patch would bring to the game. The League of Legends patch 10.4 will bring a host of changes...

Nintendo Switch games 2020: ‘Axiom Verge 2,’ ‘Gods & Monsters,’ ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ set to arrive to the console this year

Nintendo console gamers have a lot to look forward to this year. Here are some of the exciting titles that will be making their way to the Switch console. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Pokémon...
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